Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Private John Gorham Woodford

Born on 9 August 1888 in Grevesend, England - husband of Katherine Woodford (later Robertson), Midaposi[?], Alberta - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as taxidermist; married; no current or previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 7.5 inches; chest of 35.5 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 51st Battalion, CEF, in Edmonton, Alberta, on 17 June 1915 (number 437447) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 27 or 29 November 1916 - invalided sick to England on 14 January 1917 - repatriated to Canada - died of sickness on 15 September 1918 - buried in Calgary Union Cemetery (grave L.5.B.11.S.N.), Alberta.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org)

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